Scary Good Reds, Rated 90 Points and Above

Scary Good Reds, Rated 90 Points and Above
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, October 29, 2011

FLIGHT 1

2007 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Fog Dance – USA, California, Sonoma County, Green Valley Bright cherries on the nose, with some dirt and twigs underneath. There’s also some minerals and black currant at the end. Smooth and juicy on the palate, with great acidity. It starts with cherry and currants, adds some earth on the mid-palate, and finishes with some floral notes. (91 Points)

2007 Hartford Court Pinot Noir Far Coast Vineyard – USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast Cherry and cake spice on the nose, with some spice and blackberry at the end. Soft and juicy on the palate, with lots of cherry fruit and good acidity. There’s some spice and pomegranate on the mid-palate, and some spice on the finish. (90 Points)

2007 Fattoria Viticcio Monile Toscana IGT – Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT Dried fruit and spice on the nose, with floral notes and stone. Soft and rich on the palate, with dried fruit and rocks, and a good floral finish. (90 Points)

2007 Bodegas Ribera del Duero Urban Ribera – Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero Earth and cherries on the nose, with floral notes and incense, and some burnt wood at the end. Sweet and juicy on the palate, with cherry and spice, some rose petals, and a good toast finish. (90 Points)

2009 Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Home Ranch – USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley Boysenberry and dirt on the nose, with black licorice and plum at the end. Rich and dark on the palate, with boysenberry and plum, and some licorice and earth on the finish. (89 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2007 Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon – USA, California, Napa Valley Coffee bean and pencil lead on the nose, with earth and cherry in the middle, and dark fruit at the end. Rich and dark on the palate, with earth and graphite, and a great dark fruit finish. (92 Points)

2004 Bodegas Muga Rioja Gran Reserva Prado Enea – Spain, La Rioja, Rioja Tobacco and orange on the nose, with cherry and floral notes at the end. Rich and spicy on the nose, with lots of acidity. Cherry comes on in the middle, and it finishes with orange peel. (92 Points)

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